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Senior Seminar Program

Fall Quarter 2024 Enrollment Information

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Department of History

Physics and Politics in World War II: The Building of the Nuclear Bomb
HITO 192 A00
Section ID: 544182
Biess, Frank (
Location: RWAC 0846
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar will compare and contrast the nuclear programs in the United States and in Nazi Germany during World War II. Why did the United States succeed in building the bomb? Why did Nazi Germany fail? What scientific, political, cultural or personal factors explain this different outcome? And what were the scientific and historical consequences of this different outcome? Co-taught by a physicist and a historian, the seminar will approach these questions from the combined perspectives of the Prerequisites: